Coastal Walk to Kuranui Bay

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© Peter James Quinn
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Overview

Start at Danby Field car park: or Brown St, near Pak n Save.Turn left at Danby Field, walk past playground, turn left at roundabout, right into Brown St to Thames Coastal Walkway sign, at alternative parking place.

Follow path to Karaka Bird Hide, small gauge rail track and pohutukawa to site of original Grahamstown Station. At Victoria Park investigate 1902 Boer War Memorial, follow shell path beside Croquet Club (1906) and Band Rotunda (1900). Veer left at T-section ahead, cross footbridge at Moanatairi sign.

Pass remains of Burke St Wharf. Follow path to Kuranui Bay Reserve. Walk to BBQ area. Cross Tararu Rd to footpath, turn right and head to Kuranui Creek, first gold bonanza (Shotover). On to Moanatairi Tunnel then old big pump, Caledonian Gold Mine (richest mine on the Thames) and finally, Stamper Battery.

Turn right into Burke St and left into Beach Rd, walk beside A&G Price Foundry (1871), left into Williamson St, Right into Brown St passing Sunkist Lodge, originally 1869 Lady Bowen Hotel and the Wharf Hotel/Lady Bowen (rafted here in 1868). Pass Scrip Corner on left. Admire old dwellings, reach Mineralogical Museum. (Te Aparanginui Urupa).

Return along Brown St.